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We are grateful for all you do year-round to transport the world's freight safely, efficiently and on-time. We wish you safe travelsand lots of money saving opportunities on the road. -- Mike and Vicki Simons

TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2021.05.08

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending May 8, 2021.

We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.

 

TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding inspections, insurance, platooning, distractions, operations, and securement:

Inspections

Please be aware that inspections can happen at any time!

Some of these articles cover a recent major inspection blitz.


Insurance

If you feel strongly about this issue, please get in touch with your federal elected officials.


Platooning

I oppose platooning because of the increased potential for accidents.


Distractions

This article identifies visual, manual and cognitive distractions.


Operations

Please be aware of potential blunders when operating your truck.


Securement

Was this load even secured properly to begin with?

 

2. Regarding autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles and more, fuel, fuel/electric, and drones:

Autonomous vehicles

I am 100% opposed to autonomous, self-driving, or driverless trucks -- and am sharing this info only to help you stay on top of the latest news.


Electric vehicles and more

Please stay informed about the "electrification" effort going on now.


Fuel


Fuel / Electric

This article covers both the potential fuel shortage this summer and New York State looking to go all-electric.


Drones

Please be aware that drones are increasingly being used to do delivery work -- and I am sharing this info only to help you stay on top of the latest news.


 

3. Regarding accidents, seat belts, mandate, and weight:

Accidents

Many of the accidents reported in the articles below are entirely preventable!

Please learn what you can and seek to never be involved in a similar accident.


Seat belts


Mandate

If you feel strongly about other mandates on trucks and truckers, please contact your federal elected officials.


Weight

 

4. Regarding competition, event, and freebies:

Competition

I wish these truck competitions were kept as trucking skill competitions.


Event

I guess Mike and I won't miss anything this year.

We knew we weren't going as soon as they announced mandatory face mask wearing.


Freebies

 

5. Regarding tolls, fines, taxes and financial risk:

Tolls


Fines


Taxes


Financial risk

Especially for owner-operators and independent truckers:

  • Managing Financial Risk During COVID

    Quote from article:
    "A financial services adviser urged trucking companies to learn as much as possible about new and existing customers’ ability to pay their bills, as navigating the post-pandemic economy will bring with it new challenges."

 

6. Regarding CBD, vision and suicide:

CBD

Please pay attention to the possibility of legal trouble when using certain kinds of CBD products.


Vision

I have nothing against those who want to enter trucking but have vision problems, but in my opinion, truckers need two good eyes with good peripheral vision and good distinction of color.


Suicide

This is a shame.

If you feel that you have nothing to live for, please reach out to a suicide hotline.

 

7. Regarding drugs, smuggling, theft and violence:

Drugs

Never ever haul illegal drugs, no matter how much you're promised.


Smuggling

Never ever haul humans as though they were cargo.


Theft

Please do everything you can to prevent cargo theft!

And don't take what doesn't belong to you!


Violence

Seek to avoid violence every time you can.


Protest

Well, it looks like if the federal government won't take the leadership regarding protests on highways, it is up to the states!

 

8. Regarding economy, employment, shortage and team driving:

Economy

These are the latest articles about the economy within or affecting the trucking industry.


Employment


Shortage

Is there really a trucker shortage?

Or is there really a lack of pay for the tasks being done?


Team driving

 

9. Regarding technology and ELDs:

Technology


ELDs

 

10. Regarding independent contractors, lawsuit, pay, rates and site audits:

Independent contractors

A number of these articles may address AB5.


Lawsuit

Finally, a state that seeks to limit liability.


Pay


Rates


Site audits

 

11. Regarding infrastructure, REAL ID, recalls, TCA and turnaround:

Infrastructure


REAL ID

The deadline has been pushed back again.


Recalls

If you own a vehicle under a recall, please arrange to have that part/issue addressed as soon as possible.


TCA

From the carriers' perspective.


Turnaround

Quickly!

 

12. Regarding award and humor:

Award

We congratulate those who have been recognized by their trucking companies.


Humor

Funny messages on road signs on May 4, you may see!

 

My husband Mike and I wish you -- and all professional truck drivers -- safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.











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